U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has warned U.S. lawmakers that rejecting the Iran nuclear deal would give "a great big green light" to accelerate its ability to obtain an atomic weapon...

...One prominent Democratic skeptic of the deal, Senator Bob Menendez, engaged in testy exchanges with Kerry during the hearing, which included testimony from two other top U.S. officials -- Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz.

At one point Menendez accused Kerry of interrupting him during his allotted time for questioning.

"I have limited time. You've been with the Iranians two years. I have seven minutes," said Menendez, the Democratic sponsor of the bill to bring the Iranian deal to Congress for a 60-day review.

Menendez said he is "concerned that the deal enshrines for Iran, and, in fact, commits the international community, over time, to assisting Iran in developing an industrial scale nuclear-power program complete with industrial-scale enrichment."

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